Mighty Dreams: Designing and Fostering Belonging in ‘America’

Rising global inequality, political instability, violence, food insecurity, climate change: these and other factors have resulted in a worldwide refugee crisis unprecedented in scale. From Syria to South Sudan, Myanmar to Guatemala, tens of millions of people around the world have left their homes in search of safety and survival. In the United States, fires, flooding, and lack of affordable housing and job opportunities are among the environmental crises and economic injustices influencing internal migration and sweeping demographic change within cities, states, and regions. With migration often painfully disrupting personal and collective understandings of culture and place, displaced, recently arrived, and changing communities are seeking new meaning and hope around what it means to live and belong in America and the world.

Despite the urgent challenges we face, we are also living in a time of renewed civic, activist, and human spirit. Indigenous peoples continue to fight for sovereignty, self-determination, and thriving ecological futures. Cross border and international immigrant rights coalitions are building sanctuaries and diverse coalitions to combat nativist ideology and violent state policy. Instead of giving up or retreating with despair, youthful and more seasoned artists, designers, scholars, and organizers are together creating spaces to heal, find a sense of belonging, and construct new ways of being, living, and working in community. This work requires compassion, courage, strength, experimentation, and an expansive imagination of the world as it could and should be.

This year Imagining America (IA) celebrates twenty years of supporting publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and organizers who imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory America and world. Inspired by the cultural landscape of New Mexico and the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections, IA’s 20th Anniversary National Gathering will consider how we define, design, and foster belonging in our home communities and as a nation state. With belonging, indigeneity, and migration serving as framing concepts, IA invites proposals that advance public scholarship, dialogue, collaboration, research, programs, and advocacy on realizing an America that, as in Langston Hughes’ mighty dream, is the land it must be – a place of opportunity and equality for all. The gathering will explore such questions as:

●    How do our diverse relationships to land, displacement, and migration inform and interact with the ways we envision place and belonging – culturally, socially, politically, economically, spiritually, ecologically, and agriculturally?
●    How may Indigenous, traditional, cross-border, and community-based ways of knowing be used to shift how belonging is defined and designed, and who participates in this process?
●    In what ways can public memory, history, art, and design be used to address living legacies of oppression and to foster belonging within our institutions and communities?
●    Given that our own histories and narratives of land, belonging, and migration are often different from one another, how do we build cross-movement solidarities towards the long haul project of social change for a more just, equitable and liberatory future?

IA also welcomes proposals that provide participants with new skills or tools, create opportunities for collaboration, and/or more generally strengthen publicly engaged knowledge and practices that integrate the methodologies of arts, design, and the humanities.

For general questions on the proposal process before submitting your proposal, please join us on May 14, 2019 from 10-11 AM PT for an informational webinar.

Instructions on how to submit your proposal are available on IA’s website atwww.imaginingamerica.org >> National Gathering >> Submit a Proposal.
The submission deadline is Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

Sponsorship Opportunity:
Would you or your organization like to sponsor event programming or travel to the IA 20th Anniversary National Gathering? Sponsorship comes with opportunities to promote your work while also supporting students and community based participation in the gathering. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Erika Prasad, Associate Director of Membership and Development: eaprasad@ucdavis.edu.

Learn more about the Session Format here.

Imagining America 20th Anniversary National Gathering
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Friday, October 18, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 7 11:59 PM PT

IU Online Conference

The fourth annual statewide IU Online Conference will be held October 30, 2019, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.

Your conference hosts from the Office of Online Education, the Office of Collaborative Academic Programs, and eLearning Design and Services are seeking proposals from IU faculty, administrators, advisors, success coaches, and staff across the state who are innovators and collaborators in the online space.

We will consider proposals that address empirical research, showcase best practices, and/or describe lessons learned related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Program development and administration
  • Coaching, advising, student engagement, and co-curricular programming
  • Marketing, admissions, and recruitment
  • Teaching and learning innovation
  • Technology that advances digital learning

Of special interest are presentations describing intercampus and/or interdisciplinary collaborations and proposals that have application to multiple disciplines. Sessions will last for 30 to 45 minutes.

Proposals are due at 11:59pm on Friday, June 7th. Presenters will be notified in August.

Submit your proposals now! 

Poetry, Music, & Mind

What are the effects of poetry and music on the mind and the body? Where do art and medicine meet? Join us for a conversation with Adrian Matejka, Nate Marshall, and Eileen Misluk about Poetry, Music & Mind.

Adrian Matejka is a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet who teaches at Indiana University Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017).

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh, 2015) and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket, 2015). He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. He lives on the South Side of Chicago.

Eileen Misluk is Director of Art Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor at Herron School of Art + Design, IUPUI. She is a registered and board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed mental health counselor.

This event is part of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series which puts scientists, social scientists, humanists, and artists in conversation with the audience to ask questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Poetry, Music, & Mind is co-presented with the Department of English at IUPUI and the Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI. Support for this event comes from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanitiesgrant program.


Taylor Symposium to Highlight Health Disparities and Explore Path to Achieve Health Equity

INDIANAPOLIS — The state of affairs of health care as it relates to vulnerable populations is tenuous, with challenges abounding when it comes to communication in addressing health disparities and working to achieve health equity among all citizens.

The annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium highlights topics of interest to urban communities, particularly communities of color. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The 2019 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at IUPUI, titled “Communicating for Health Equity at the Crossroads of America,” explores these challenges as they relate to populations in the city and the role that communication does — or could — play within the various channels, organizations, agencies and more.

Free presentations and workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. A luncheon will follow the sessions; there is a fee for that portion of the event.

A luncheon keynote address titled “The Importance of Communication in Achieving Health Equity” will be presented at noon by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. The luncheon will also include the presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar.

Community participants include:

  • Antoniette M. Holt, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Darrin K. Johnson, executive director of Brothers United Inc.

IUPUI faculty in the program include:

  • Carrie Foote, associate professor of sociology at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Kim White-Mills, associate professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Helen Sanematsu, associate professor of visual communication design at the Herron School of Art and Design.
  • Katharine Head, assistant professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The annual event honors the late Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for his many contributions to the university and to the greater Indianapolis community. It highlights topics of interest to urban communities, particularly communities of color.

Morning symposium sessions, held in the theater on the lower level of the Campus Center, are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by emailing .

The noon luncheon will take place in Room 450 of the Campus Center. For additional information, visit the Taylor Symposium website.

Read the original article from IUPUI News

Digital Humanities Librarian Open Hours

Caitlin Pollock
Digital Humanities Librarian

Have questions about Digital Humanities? Come to IUPUI Arts and Humanities on Wednesdays from 12 to 1pm to meet with Caitlin Pollock, the Digital Humanities Librarian at the Center for Digital Scholarship at University Library! Caitlin can help you think through your project and develop next steps or workflows, and recommend methodologies, trainings, tools, and platforms. Caitlin can also advise on data visualization, Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI), textual analysis, data management, and project management. Your DH research can just have started or in the middle development. No appointments required, first come first serve.

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Building A Prison to School Pipeline in Indiana

The notion that there is a school-to-prison pipeline has become part of our commonplace understanding of the social causes of mass incarceration. Far less attention, however, has been given to the consequences of removing access to education from prisons, a movement that has accelerated since the passage of the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act, despite the fact that multiple studies have demonstrated the value of education for reducing rates of recidivism. There has been even less public dialogue about the barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face when they do try to pursue opportunities for education and training on the outside.

At this two-day conference, participants will hear from formerly incarcerated individuals about their struggles to attain educational opportunities, both behind the walls and after release. Attendees will also participate in action sessions, intended to help develop strategies to support reinstating educational opportunities “behind the walls” and to facilitate better access to higher education “on the outside”.

Register now!

Peer-Led Team Learning International Society: 8th Annual Conference

Hosted by the Stem Education Innovation and Research Institute at IUPUI; this event will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8 of 2019.

The title of this event will be ” Weaving Together Best Practices,” and they’re looking for presentations, workshops and posters! The deadline to submit in order to receive feedback is Friday, February 15, 2019. Submit here!

There are many threads of the program to be explored such as sustainability of PLTL campus programs, critical thinking, meta-cognition, and PLTL – discourse analysis including cyberPLTL, PLTL and the sense of belonging, workplace skills development and PLTL, and implementations in non-STEM disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr.Ne’Shaun Jones, Conference Chair info@pltlis.org!

Think Global – It Helps!

President McRobbie addresses conference attendees. Photo by Ann Schertz.

Indiana’s opportunities for growth on a national and global level come with encouraging talent to come and stay in-state and engage with the community, a panel of scholars at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies’ third annual America’s Role in the World conference said Thursday.

Read the original article from News at IU‘s Allie Hitchcock.

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel moderated the panel of speakers during the Indiana in the World session, which began with remarks from IU President Michael A. McRobbie and featured Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana; Blair Milo, secretary of Indiana Career Connections and Talent; Pacers Sports and Entertainment Vice Chairman James T. Morris; and Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis.

McRobbie began by discussing some of IU’s recent accomplishments on a global level. IU Bloomington is ranked seventh in the nation for study abroad and 19th for most international students, with students coming from about 150 countries across the world.

Freeman-Wilson, who arrived in Bloomington after a trip to Canada, said Indiana’s international push by all institutions makes Indiana competitive on the world stage. “We have world-class educational institutions,” she said. “Not only IU but all over the state, large and small.” Freeman-Wilson also said that Indiana’s efforts to nurture thinking in a global sense is a bipartisan issue.

The panelists agreed that welcoming talent from across the world – and overcoming negative perceptions of how they will be received – is key to boosting the state’s economy. Indiana also has the educational clout to back this up, Morris added. There’s a deeper reason that companies like Amazon are strongly considering opening offices in Indianapolis. “Our higher education institutions are producing such extraordinary graduates,” Morris said. “From informatics here, from engineering at Purdue, from cyber engineering here.”

Maintaining strong employment opportunities will help retain workers from all over the world, the panelists agreed. In an increasingly globalized world and workforce, job seekers are looking beyond their home states and even beyond their home countries. But unless Indiana continues to expand its talent base, it cannot be successful in attracting such workers, Milo said. Milo said she feels confident that Indiana has the opportunity to compete with global hotspots like London and Tokyo. A key first step is sharing the state’s successes, so job seekers know what the state has to offer.

“There are great opportunities to be had (elsewhere), but I believe that Indiana can compete with all those cities to be able to offer a tremendous opportunity – a lifestyle for individuals and families with all ages here,” she said. “It’s inherent on us to think about how we attract individuals, whether you have the great fortune to be born a Hoosier or not, to be able to come here and be part of all we have to offer.”

Food Waste and Hunger Summit

Original article at News at IUPUI.

IUPUI Campus Kitchen student volunteers

Leading experts in the fight against food waste and hunger will come together at IUPUI March 24-25 for the fifth annual Food Waste and Hunger Summit, co-hosted by IUPUI and The Campus Kitchens Project, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization empowering young people to fight food waste and hunger.

The summit brings together students and advocacy groups from across the country who are working to solve food insecurity problems and wasted food in their communities.

It is an opportunity for them to share best practices and encourage others to join the movement. This two-day event will support attendees in unpacking the “triple bottom line” of successful food justice ventures: expanding access to healthy food, creating meaningful careers and testing innovative solutions to the nation’s most systemic failures.

Registration for the event is now open. Indiana University students may attend for free. There is a $35 registration fee for other students and a $75 fee for members of the general public.

The IU Office of the Bicentennial is a sponsor of the summit.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen, founder and CEO of LA Kitchen; Michael F. Curtin Jr., CEO of DC Central Kitchen; Pashon Murray, founder and CEO of Detroit Dirt, waste reduction expert, and circular economy advocate; Anna Lappé, founder of Real Food Media, national bestselling author and sustainable food advocate; and Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African-American studies at Georgetown University, scholar of race and ethnicity, and food studies specialist.

IUPUI launched its own chapter of the student-led Campus Kitchen in 2014, after participating in The Campus Kitchens Project’s annual launch grant competition in partnership with the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

“While progress continues in the fight against hunger, food insecurity remains a top concern across the nation. At IUPUI, we are working with local advocates and taking steps to help students, staff, faculty and the greater Indianapolis community gain access to regular meals through the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI and Paw’s Pantry, a student-run food pantry,” said Camy Broeker, vice chancellor for finance and administration.

“We are honored to host the 2018 Food Waste and Hunger Summit, which is bringing together national and local leaders, partner organizations, students, faculty and staff to share innovations, best practices and sustainable solutions to food waste, hunger and poverty.”

Local and national partner organizations including Feeding America, DC Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry and Second Helpings will join the discussion along with as many as 250 student leaders from around the nation who are leading the fight to reduce food waste, hunger and poverty on their campuses and in their communities.

On more than 60 university and high school campuses across the country, student volunteers with The Campus Kitchens Project transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmers markets into meals for people experiencing hunger. In the last academic year, Campus Kitchens across the country recovered more than 1.3 million pounds of wasted food and served 350,000 meals.


IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture receives Lilly Endowment grant

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Round-table conference hosted by the IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture

There can be a sense of isolation for young professors teaching classes about religion in North America. They come out of graduate programs to begin their careers at small colleges or universities as the school’s sole instructor on the subject. Their professional outlook, and maybe even their personal well-being, would be greatly enhanced by a postgraduate peer group.

IUPUI offers just that in its Young Scholars in American Religion program through the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. And through a recent $1.15 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the program will continue benefiting those just-starting-out scholars for the next five years.

“This gives them a community. Together they will work on issues related to scholarship, teaching, career goals, how to get promoted and tenured, how to get along with difficult colleagues, and life/work balance — and that group will stay close for the rest of their careers,” said Philip Goff, Chancellor’s Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies and the center’s director since 2000. “A lot of these people don’t know each other until they meet that first time in Indianapolis, and they become best friends by the end.”

More than 160 faculty have gone through the program, which began in 1991 and has been funded by Lilly since 2002. Each installation of the program is composed of 10 to 12 new faculty paired with two senior mentors; they meet four to five times over two years. Admission is highly competitive, with only about 10 percent of applicants accepted.

“New faculty members stepping into their first teaching posts face several professional challenges as they work to balance teaching and research responsibilities,” said Christopher L. Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “The Young Scholars in American Religion program has established an excellent track record in providing mentors to younger faculty to help them make this transition.”

“The program not only helps young faculty survive — it helps them thrive,” Goff said. “And they continue to turn to each other for good advice.”

In addition to maintaining the Young Scholars in American Religion program, the grant from Lilly Endowment will also fund several more years of the Center’s biennial conferences on religion and American culture.

Held every June in odd-numbered years, the two-day conferences bring together scholars across various disciplines. Speakers sit three at a time at a round table in the center of a room with risers all around it for the other conference attendees. They are given a question in advance and allowed ten minutes to offer their comments; then the discussion continues in the audience for the next hour.

“We purposely tried to remake the academic conference,” Goff said. “We avoided multiple sessions where people go in different directions. Everyone’s together in the same room for each discussion for several days, so the conversation builds. There’s a lot of cross-fertilization of ideas — it’s intense.

“It has quickly taken on an aura. At traditional conferences where speakers deliver papers, people talk about the ‘Indianapolis way,’ commenting on how IUPUI does things differently. We try to promote a culture of conversation.”